Tiny tourist Manuka is as happy as a pig in... well, the city, as she enjoys her first trip to London.
Short trip: Micro pig Manuka opposite the Houses of Parliament (Pictures: Barcroft Media)
She trotted around the capital on a day out to remember, taking in sights such as Big Ben and the London Eye, before running into the police, who could not resist a cuddle.
Manuka is a ‘micro pig’ – the latest must-have pet for celebrities including David and Victoria Beckham and Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint.
Manuka with owner Jane in a London taxi cab
‘A lot of people couldn’t believe they were seeing this tiny little pig trotting around the city,’ said owner and micro pig breeder Jane Croft, of Christchurch, Cambridgeshire.
‘Most were intrigued and came over to say hello to her. She was a bit of a local star for the day.’
At just 12cm (5in) high and 33cm (13in) long, Manuka was dwarfed by some of London’s top attractions, including Trafalgar Square’s huge lions.
Manuka is dwarfed by one of the lions in Trafalgar Square
Micro pigs – also known as miniature and teacup pigs – grow to just 35cm (14in) tall and live about 20 years.
‘They are such great pets,’ said Jane, 43. ‘They are really very loving and the breed is very intelligent.’
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